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« Reply #5655 on: May 12, 2017, 12:38:46 PM »

Worth your time documentary illustrates the complicated views surrounding abortion, and how religious zealots in Missouri are wrecking women's lives with self-righteousness and impunity:

http://www.hbo.com/documentaries/abortion-stories-women-tell

My favorite part is watching the woman who's job it is to man the front door at the clinic. She's as real as a person gets, IMO.
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« Reply #5656 on: May 17, 2017, 11:16:36 AM »

Better Call Saul: (Spoilers live here, but it's not a big deal, you know what happens anyway)

It's like a Brady Bunch reunion show. Even [redacted]!

The thing I don't really know is what it says about me that I like the plotlines that are "criminal" in nature. We all want Saul Goodman to show up. We all want to see what jinks he gets up to and down to such that he comes to know guys like the vacuum cleaner guy who disappears people. The (re)intro to Saul happened this week. What is nice is that it is consistent with the character going back and forth. Well done, people.

And, yes, the Mike story line is the only thing that has managed to keep me interested in this show thus far. And Mike's story is taking a sabbatical as the Gus v. Hector storyline is taking the front of the stage.

The wife was all "Hector, you dirty dog!" and I reminded her that eventually Hector was the hero of the day (ish).

The writers have made Hector truly despicable in what he wants to do to/with Nacho's father. Actually it is a fairly implausible plotline. Hector sees the Chicken Man's operation and he's flush with cash (He's a drug dealer for crimminy sakes) so why not build an business to launder the cash? I guess I could say "Well Hector isn't smart, after all, he's a Mexican drug carteleno." which is both semi accurate and wildly stereotypical. It's not far from a "Sonny" in Godfather archetype.

There is an echo of Walter and the whole Ricin beans plot at least bubbling with Nacho palming a pill wit his boot. What kind of pill it is, who knows. From my perspective it was a Pepcid that Hector took after chewing the scenery pretending he was in need of a tab of Nitro after hearing that Tucco misbehaved in jail, extending his stay. But Nitro tabs don't look like that.

Truth be told, I can't clearly remember Nacho's intro. He did the burgle at the embezzler's bungled bungalow, and then he hired Saul... Then he had an interaction with Mike... Mike caused Tucco to go to jail... faaaah. We're just wondering if this is the thing that puts him in a wheelchair, no voice, but full mental faculty.

Side note, the guy who seems to have been at least part of the Walter White story just died this past week. He was the cook who make Orange Window Pane(?) LSD, reportedly the purest made.

And then there is Gus. Will we find out who he was in Peru? And what is the deal there? Do they want us to forget what geography is? Why would a Pollos Hermanos truck cross the border? So how would it have smuggled product for Hector to take? So far it doesn't make sense.

It's only a matter of time now before Gale Boetticher shows up (I'm certain the Gail Boettichers across America can't wait!).

Don't care about Chuck. Don't care about Kim.
 
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« Reply #5657 on: May 17, 2017, 11:27:29 AM »

Genius:

Surprisingly entertaining. There is some stuff I still don't get, I think they rushed through the train/lightening thought experiment. And then the explanation of the E=MC2 thing was nearly parenthetical. Not to mention that the abrupt change from kempt to perpetually unkempt was almost just a convenient contrivance.

They talk way too fast. Make Sorkin look like the ground based observer as the train is zooming past while they're speaking at Sorkin speed. Even with the closed captions it is hard to watch and understand. Plus they have about a dozen different accents! Mileva's storyline is sad, especially when you know how it played out earlier in the series (I don't know her "real story" I guess I could look it up.) But the overlay of the Pierre and Marie Currie story is fairly damning of Albert. Nicely done.

If you're not watching it, well, it will be around on digital from now on. When you have the opportunity, just remember that your old friend #1 said, "It's worth your time." (keeping in mind that I don't recommend zombie series, so, if that's what you're into, then, you probably won't like this.)
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« Reply #5658 on: May 19, 2017, 09:52:44 AM »

Watching S.1 of Wayward Pines, seeing elements of both "The Prisoner" (the 60's UK series) and Twin Peaks.  A worthy addition to the Mysterious Town genre.  Matt Dillon is always a compelling presence, big or small screen.  Somewhat marred by supporting characters who border on caricature, but it's possible to accept this as we are led into evil places where becoming a caricature of yourself is the best survival strategy. 

Speaking of Twin Peaks....




https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/may/19/twin-peaks-snoqualmie-washington-mysterious-deaths
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« Reply #5659 on: May 19, 2017, 11:37:46 AM »

Blacklist season ender: Two parts. Spoilers...

I have to say that the second half of the season was well done. Red's cleaner, Kate whom he shot in the head at the endish of last season was a formidable adversary here. The whole thing was wrapped in intrigue and strategery as Red was kept back on his heels as the honor amongst thieves was the edge of the sword he was facing.

The Mr. Kaplan character (who was Kate) had a number of weirdnesses to her beyond the nomination. For example, that she survived the gunshot to the head because the bullet bounced off the metal plate in her head that had been put there because she had been shot in the head once before, and lived. Well That was the sort of thing that made me think that Fonzie's boots were getting wet once more.

But they pulled it out. Yeah there are still questions, like, Why have the confrontation at the apex of the bridge. And How did Keen and Navabi show up at the right exit when the motorcyclist ditched them on one side of the maze of tunnels? And how did they manage to tail a guy speeding away on a motorcycle after he left them flatfooted on the street ? They had to run to their vehicle, AND get in AND start it up AND accelerate towards the guy who was headed in the opposite direction they were facing, AND he was on a motorcycle AND they were in an SUV. NFW! But alright.

And then there is Lizzie. Gawd do I dislike this whiney white hiney! Holy Moley! I really can't stand her. And I am also SO happy that her husband, Tom, is off in his own spin (off). Except that the spin off got cancelled....ugh! You know what I mean?

As to the other cliffs that others are hanging off of. It's a regular Palisades Bemusement Park (or Palisades Abusement Park) with story lines that might go in any direction. Boy scout calls the freelance cleaner after an accidental slip and fall makes him out to be a killer. The Arab and the Israeli finally lock lips. Liz "finds out" that Raymond is her father, but then Dembe says "And you didn't say anything so now she thinks that's the truth that Kate was referring to." (As if everyone that watches the show hasn't asked "Why didn't they just run a paternity test in season one and find out if he's her father?") Not to mention, I'm fairly certain they did the DNA thing before.

And then there is the question of what's his name? The guy who thought Liz was hiz, then when the showdown came, Red told him that the wife was still alive and Red was going to reunite them. Katarina! And now Kate dug the bonz and they're going to be used as blackmail?

Come on! Liz didn't even know that Kate had been her nanny. Kate was a lesbian lover of Katarina. And the nanny to Liz. So now when Liz finds out that Raymond chopped her mother into chunky nuggets she's going to hate him? And that is Kate protecting Liz like she promised Katarina she would?

Thing is. I trust the writers have a story arch to explain all of this. And that's what's still good about this show. They do manage to pull it off (perhaps with directorial license aplenty, but.) 
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